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August 10, 2011: Salmonella Outbreak Prompts Papaya Recall

Agromod Produce, Inc. of McAllen,Texas, announced on July 23, 2011, that the company was recalling its imported papayas, because the fruits may be contaminated with the foodborne pathogen, Salmonella Agona.  As of July 26, 2011, the CDC reported 99 confirmed cases of Salmonella Agona infection, including 10 hospitalizations, in 23 states related to the consumption of the recalled papayas.

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The number of ill persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Agona per state is as follows:

Arkansas (1), Arizona (3), California (7), Colorado (1), Georgia (8), Illinois (17), Louisiana (2), Massachusetts (1), Minnesota (3), Missouri (3), Nebraska (2), Nevada (1), New Jersey (1), New Mexico (3), New York (6), Ohio (1), Oklahoma (1), Pennsylvania (1), Tennessee (1), Texas (25), Virginia (2), Washington (5), and Wisconsin (2).  

The recalled papayas were distributed throughout the United States and Canada through retail stores and wholesalers.

According to the FDA, the following papayas are subject to the recall: 

“…. all Blondie, Yaya, Mañanita, and Tastylicious Brand papayas sold prior to July 23, 2011. Each Blondie Brand papaya can be identified by a blue and orange sticker label with green and white lettering on the fruit that states Blondie 4395 Mexico. The Yaya Brand Papayas can be identified by a yellow, red, orange, and green label with white, green and red lettering that reads Yaya Premium Papayas Yaya PLU-4395 Mexico. Each Mañanita Brand Papaya can be identified by a green, yellow and red sticker label that states Mexico Mañanita 4395. The Tastylicious Brand Papayas can be identified by a white and blue sticker with red and white lettering that states 4395 Tastylicious MEXICO.” 

The CDC cautions that the recalled papayas should not be eaten. 

Salmonella can cause a serious and sometimes life-threatening infection, particularly in young children, the elderly, and in the immunocompromised. Symptoms of Salmonella infection, or salmonellosis, may include diarrhea (sometimes bloody), abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, fever, chills, headache, muscle pain, and joint pain. Symptoms usually appear within 12-72 hours after consuming Salmonella contaminated food. 

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